QotD: Worried about the Swine Flu?

9/15/2009 Update:

Crazy talk, or real possibilities?

I stumbled across this video on YouTube – about what may happen this fall and winter regarding the H1N1 “Swine” flu. Not sure who this guy was, but the things he was saying didn’t make me feel too comfortable, if true. I mean forced vaccinations and being held against my will isn’t something I want to be part of whatsoever.



All over the news

novel-h1n1-swine-flu-virusIf you been online – or watched the news on TV over the past month (or just plain alive for that matter) – you know one of the top stories often includes this impending Novel H1N1 Swine Flu hysteria. You just can’t miss it.

  • States like Massachusetts have imposed jail sentences and fines for refusing to take a vaccine!
  • NYC said that 10% of the population was infected with the virus this past spring.
  • And even little ‘ole Hoboken has set up a “task force” of individuals from various agencies to serve as point to manage any massive emergency situations.

Hysteria or real threat?

While most of these reports from government entities and news agencies talk about all these scary things (run for your lives!) – most leave out the fact that apparently this flu isn’t much different that the *regular* flu that kills up to half a million people a year – other than it affects a different group of people.

Personally – I’m lucky. I don’t work in an office, don’t have kids – and don’t go around touching people. If there happens to be some kind of massive deadly outbreak or unknown strain variant – I’ll just avoid groups of people entirely! That would mean staying away from bars and restaurants (all those mouths and hands touching stuff – yuck!) as well as any and all public transportation.

QotD: Are you scared of the big bad H1N1 Swine Flu?

When it comes to this Swine Flu news, I:

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20 Comments on "QotD: Worried about the Swine Flu?"

6 years 5 months ago

CNN, today, issued an interview with doctors on the Swine Flu who were scolding the media for blowing SF out of proportion. A good way to keep it in perspective: CNN: “One doctor told me a way to think about things that was helpful. He said “remove the term H1N1 from the equation.” If your child had regular flu, would you take him to the hospital? If the answer is no, then don’t take him/her to the hospital now. Yes, hearing between 30,000 and 90,000 could die from H1N1 is scary, but keep in mind — around 40,000 people die… Read more »

6 years 5 months ago

It’s just to sell more vaccine. Hell, they almost NEVER get the the vaccine combo right in the yearly scam shot, why should we trust them now?

Mother Earth has imposed some population control and I’m ok with it.

6 years 5 months ago

Population control: check. My sister-in-law hardly ever had the flu in her entire life. Maybe a couple of times in 30 years. She decided to go for a flu vaccine last year… and was “rewarded” with the worst flu case. Her kids (my nieces) also got the vaccine and, as a result, became sick more frequently and worse than usual. She’s never doing it again. I’m not interested in having a flu vaccine. Hope it doesn’t become a rule around here. Extra sleep, TV, herbal teas and chicken soup have helped me heal from the flu in short amounts of… Read more »

6 years 5 months ago

I am worried about the flu in general, swine or not. I have a lovely 8-month-old girl. She is the one I am worried about.

Me, whatever. I usually catch something during the winter. I got the vaccine last year while the wife was pregnant, and I still got sick. Whatever.

6 years 5 months ago

Gov estimates about 1 Million people walking around in the USA right now are infected. Clinical trials at a number of universities started with adults and the elderly on Aug. 7th. On Aug. 19th clinical trials began in children ages 6 months to 17 years. These trials are a two-dose vaccine. First-dose data from those trials should be available by late September, with second-dose data expected in late October. US CDC officials said in late July that the agency hoped to have 120 million doses of H1N1 vaccine available by October, but now they expect only about 45 Million doses… Read more »